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Conamur tenues grandia. Hor.
Acts, xx. 28.
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EARL OF ESSEX.
them who die in thee; I, a wretch
ed sinner, do submit myself'wholly THOMAS CROMWELL, Earl of to thy blessed will; and, being Essex, affords a striking instance sure that that thing cannot perish, of the mutability of human affairs: which is committed to thy mercy, he was the son of a blacksmith at willingly now do I leave this trail Putney, where he was born in the and wicked flesh, in sure hope that vear 1498. From the confined thou wilt in better wise restore it circumstances of his father, he to me again at the last day, in the was deprived of the advantages re- resurrection of the just. I be. sulting from a liberal education; seech thee, most merciful Lord but, being endowed with an un- Jesus Christ, that thou wilt, by commonly strong natural genius, thy grace, make strong my soul he regarded travelling as the pro- against all temptations, and defend per means of improving his under-' me with the buckler of thy mercy standing: in fact, it was the ex- against all the assaults of the des perience which he had acquired in vil. I see, and know, that there is the course of his travels through in myself no hope of salvation ; the chief countries of Europe, that but all my confidence, hope, and raised him to the elevated situa- trust, are in thy most merciful tion which he afterwards occupied. goodness. I have no merits or By degrees, he became the confi- good works that I may allege bedential favourite and prime minis- fore thee. Of sins and evil works, ter of Henry VIII. and had the alas! I see a great hear. But earldom of Essex conferred upon yet, through thy mercy, I trust to him. Being zealous in promoting be in the number of them to whom the Reformation, he availed him- thou wilt not impute their sins, but self of all his power and influence wilt take and accept me for righte. to remove error from the minds of ous and just, and make me an inhis countrymen ; a measure which heritor of thy everlasting kingirritated the Catholics against him, dom. Thou, merciful Lord, wert to such a degree, as ultimately born for my sake, didst suffer huncaused his ruin : he was attainted ger and thirst for my sake, didst of heresy, convicted unheard, and fast and pray for my sake; all thy condemned to be beheaded. holy actions and works, thoil
On his arrival at the scaffold on wrouglitest for my sake; thou sufTower Hil, he kneeled down, and feredst most grievous pains and uttered the following prayer with torrients for 'mv sake; finally, great fervour :-"O Lord Jesus, thou gavest thy most precious who art the only health of all men blood to be shed upon the cross Living, and the everlasting life of for my sake. Now, most merciful
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